Last week was the summer solstice. The sun is as high in the sky as it is going to be, and the race back towards winter has begun. There are changes that are happening in the garden as well. There is a transfer that happens, very subtly, transferring from the spring varieties to those of summer. We also start to think about what will be going into the fall garden.
The transfer from spring to summer in the garden is… like the weather that changes during this time period. Not delicate and small and drab, but much more vigorous and colorful. Many of the herbs are setting overdrive while others are starting to flower. Coriander has bolted and is about ready to be harvested, the lettuces have all bolted, collecting seeds instead of leaves has become their focus. Tomatoes with their shades of red are ripening, carrots are being harvested, shallots and onions are getting ready for harvest, garlic is poking it’s head… errr… their shoots up. The first generation of green beans is winding down. And lastly, in my garden at least, the hops are reaching for the sky and getting ready to start budding.
The weather is warm and and evenings are very comfortable. Pants and coats have given way to shorts and tee-shirts.
This fall will be a fun one, I think. The hops will need to be harvested, more lettuce will be planted. I may look into planting my beds with a leguminous cover crop to give the beds a bid of a rest and some much needed food. There is still plenty of time before that decision must be made. In the mean time, I think I will head out to the porch and pet the cat for a little while before I head off to yoga class.